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FORMER Min­is­ter Hlo­bisile Ndlovu is on the verge of join­ing Par­lia­ment once again.

Ndlovu has been nom­i­nated by the House of As­sem­bly to join the Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vice Board (PSB). The nom­i­na­tions took place yes­ter­day in the House of As­sem­bly. Hlobi was nom­i­nated to­gether with Mh­lume MP Vic­tor Malambe.

How­ever, it must be noted though that Ndlovu has to go through a step in or­der to join the board. She has to go past former Sen­a­tor Men­jeni Mahlalela be­fore get­ting into the com­mit­tee. Mahlalela was nom­i­nated from the Se­nate. He was nom­i­nated with Sen­a­tors Prince Mphat­fwa, Princess Nt­fom­biyenkhosi and Isaac Ma­gag­ula. This was after Sen­a­tors Prince Magud­vulela and Tony Sibandze de­clined nom­i­na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 131 (3) of the Con­sti­tu­tion, the PSB shall be re­spon­si­ble for the proper and ef­fec­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment. Sub­sec­tion (4) says, “The Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vice Board may make reg­u­la­tions, pre­scribe terms and con­di­tions of ser­vice of the par­lia­men­tary ser­vice staff with the ap­proval of the Joint House Com­mit­tee and do any­thing nec­es­sary for the ef­fi­cient ad­min­is­tra­tion of the par­lia­men­tary ser­vice.”

The House of As­sem­bly pro­posed four MPs for nom­i­na­tion yes­ter­day. They in­cluded MPs Vic­tor Malambe (Mh­lume), Roy Fanourakis (Mt­fong­wa­neni), Prince Kusa, and Phile­mon Vulimpompi Nh­leko (Nk­wene). Malambe man­aged to beat the three other MPs, as he was nom­i­nated by 39 of his col­leagues. He was fol­lowed by Prince Kusa, who got 20 nom­i­na­tions. Fanourakis got four, while Nh­leko got only one. The MPs also pro­posed eight former MPs. Hlo­bisileNdlovu (Pigg’s Peak), Sikhum­buzo Dlamini (Nk­wene), Trusty Gina (Nk­i­lo­ngo), Wil­son Nt­shangase (Shis­el­weni I), Sivumel­wano Nxumalo (Sigwe), Wise­man Nt­shingila (Lu­gongol­weni), Pa­trick ‘Pha’ Motsa (Mang­con­gco) and Owen Nxumalo (Manzini South). Un­der this cat­e­gory, Ndlovu emerged a win­ner with 38 nom­i­na­tions and that was how she was nom­i­nated. She was fol­lowed by Dlamini (Sikhum­buzo) with 20 nom­i­na­tions and Gina came third with two nom­i­na­tions. Nxumalo, Nt­shangase, Nt­shingila and Motsa came fourth with one nom­i­na­tion each. Nxumalo was the last and he was not nom­i­nated by any of the MPs. This means the House of As­sem­bly has pro­duced two can­di­dates to com­pete for the po­si­tions avail­able at the PSB and the Se­nate has pro­duced four can­di­dates. The six can­di­dates will bat­tle it out dur­ing the vot­ing be­fore the Joint House Com­mit­tee, where they will be fight­ing for three avail­able va­can­cies. The date of the vot­ing is not yet con­firmed by the of­fice of the Clerk t o Par­lia­ment.

NEVER GIVE-UP: Former Min­is­ter Hlo­bisile Ndlovu.

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